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Pardew concedes his side are in relegation fight after losing Carroll

| 02.02.2011

It may have been the best bit of business on Tyneside since Newcastle Brown Ale was sold to the Dutch and Danes, but Andy Carroll’s departure leaves Newcastle football club in a precarious position.

Carroll and Kevin Nolan have been Newcastle’s main source of goals this season, scoring 21 of Newcastle’s 36 league goals, and Carroll’s loss leaves Alan Pardew with a huge void to fill.

Having been unable to reinvest any of the £35m received for their star striker, Newcastle need either Shola Ameobi or Leon Best to step up to the plate and with question marks surrounding their goal-scoring ability – Newcastle are a very tempting price at 10/1 to be relegated.

Currently seven points clear of the relegation zone, Newcastle face a huge tie with Fulham at Craven Cottage tonight and should Fulham win – they are 1/1 to do so – they will end the day just a point behind Newcastle.

In comparison with Fulham’s relegation odds of 11/2, Newcastle are a massive price at 10/1 to go down and that will shorten should they lose tonight.

“I can’t say the window for us has been a success, can I?” said Pardew. “We have lost Andy Carroll.”

Pardew also went on to admit Newcastle were “vulnerable” in a press conference on Tuesday and that the mood in the Newcastle changing room is “disillusioned”.

Wigan (4/9), West Ham (4/7) and Wolverhampton Wanderers (8/13) are all odds-on for relegation but Newcastle need to pick up points soon.

The next few games, starting tonight at Fulham, are crucial for Newcastle as their final six games include a home tie with Manchester United and away trips to Liverpool and Chelsea.

But Alan Pardew’s side play three away games in the next fortnight – separated by a home game with Arsenal – and Pardew has a tough job steering his side away from the relegation zone.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.